[three_fifth last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Since throwing his first pot at the age of ten by his father’s side in 1953 Stephen Pearce has become a leading figure in Irish design and pottery. His high energy and free spirit have taken him and his pottery on adventure after adventure in the subsequent six decades. The resulting style he has become famous for is uncompromising in its integrity, functionality – and above all in its capacity to quietly please.
Soon after leaving school in the early sixties Stephen travelled overseas with a view to broadening his experience of life and pottery. He first worked under Ray Finch and Sid Tustin at Winchcombe Pottery in England where he also worked with Michael Casson. Stephen then travelled to France where he worked for Gwyn Hansen Piggott, and in 1966 he won a year-long scholarship to study in Bizen, Japan under master potter Kanhesaige Toyo. The following year Stephen hitched back through Asia and Europe to London where he started making his own pottery. He also became involved in the thriving London music scene.
In 1971 he returned to Cork and resumed working with his father Philip while formulating plans for his own pottery. Construction began in 1973. Stephen’s simple and functional design philosophy soon led to the creation of his ‘Classic’ range of earthenware in naked terracotta and brilliant white. The simplicity and beauty of these pieces quickly earned them critical acclaim as design classics which have remained in style and demand ever since.[/fusion_text][/three_fifth][two_fifth last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text][/fusion_text][/two_fifth]